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£0.5m in funding awarded to 12 community projects in Inverness area

By Philip Murray

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A dozen applicants have secured a share of £476,000 worth of community regeneration funding.
A dozen applicants have secured a share of £476,000 worth of community regeneration funding.

Almost £500,000 worth of community regeneration funding has been awarded to groups and organisations in the Inverness area.

A dozen applications by community projects were successful in securing cash worth just shy of £476,000 after the City of Inverness and area committee approved the awards today (Monday).

The biggest single award was £100,000 towards Highland Council's Whin Park project, while £90,000 was handed to Cultarlann Inbhir Nis for insulating the East Church.

Other award recipients were (in order of grant total):

  • The Ledge SCIO: Clean Air /Warm Air - £58,485.
  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle Community Development: ICT Community HUB - £50,000.
  • Free North Church: Restoration Project - £40,000.
  • 2nd Inverness Scout Group: Hall Insulation Project - £36,514.55.
  • Safe Space Inverness: Safe Space Inverness - £33,800.
  • Merkinch Partnership: One Stop Shop Advice Service - £25,000.
  • Culduthel Woods Group: Culduthel Woods Path Restoration Project – £12,000.
  • Glen Urquhart Men’s Shed Group: Workshop & Office Refurbishment - £10,000.
  • Inverness Wheeled Sports Club: Inverness City Wheeled Sports Feasibility Study and Strategy - £9987.
  • LGBT Youth Scotland: LGBTYS Highlands - £9987.

Leader of Inverness and area committee, Cllr Ian Brown, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to approve a dozen key projects and activities in the area that meet the focus of the funding criteria which is aimed at enabling economic recovery, regeneration, and community resilience.

"There is a diverse range of successful community applications covering age ranges, indoor and outdoor activities, and cultural and sporting groups to name but a few examples.”

Community Regeneration Funding is an umbrella term for several funds that are available for communities/organisations to access in Highland.

It comprises elements of the UK government’s Shared Prosperity Fund along with the Highland Coastal Communities Fund and the Place Based Investment Programme, both of which are Scottish Government Funding streams to support economic regeneration and sustainable development in Highland.

Councillors also agreed to ringfence any remaining balance within the 2023/24 Community Regeneration Funding allocation to deliver area priorities identified through work to develop an area-based plan. These full applications will be brought to a future committee meeting for consideration.

Members discussions on the proposals can be viewed on the council’s webcast.

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